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I'm looking into tablets for my work. As a quick description, we deal with digital document storage (think of a digital filing cabinet) and we want to be able to offer nice tablet solutions for viewing said documents, as well as signing digital documents (ie, a client filling out digital paperwork at a doctor office with a signature). A few questions:

1.) Another tablet I am looking at is the HTC flyer (http://www.htc.com/w...lets/htc-flyer/) mainly due to its stylus and note taking features, does the archos come with a stylus? if no, can you test a stylus on it if you have one handy?
1.a) If you have any experience with the flyer (or have watched the intro vid), how does the archos compare with its meeting / note taking features?

2.) How is the accuracy of the Touch Screen? If you were to sign your name into an application (digital ink note pad, a paint app, etc), is your signature accurate? is it legible? Is there any input lag if signing your name quickly?

3.) How capable is the web-browser? is it capable of displaying a PDF in a frame of a webpage, or would that PDF open in adobe reader?

4.) Build Quality - You mentioned that its Cheap but not Nasty, Plasticy, but feels solid. Do you think its build quality would stand up to daily use around an office? Do you think there are any weaknesses in the build that could be problematic with excessive use (ie, any flimsy port covers, back casing (cover?) with fragile "notches" that lock it in place, etc)

Im sure ill have more questions at some point :-D

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1. No stylus. A capacitive stylus would work I guess, the Flyer is n-trig. I have a Flyer too, if you really really want pen, the Flyer is second to none.

2. Not tried, but would you really do that with your finger?

3. PDFs will open in a PDF reader.

4. Yes, I think it would be OK. The 3G dongle cover is kinda 'lightweight', but feels good enough.

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how does it do for pdf reading? specifically for what would be an A4 sized pdf. i know its only 8 inches but its so far the only 4:3 android tablet

Any PDF you'd like me to try specifically?

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1. No stylus. A capacitive stylus would work I guess, the Flyer is n-trig. I have a Flyer too, if you really really want pen, the Flyer is second to none.

2. Not tried, but would you really do that with your finger?

3. PDFs will open in a PDF reader.

4. Yes, I think it would be OK. The 3G dongle cover is kinda 'lightweight', but feels good enough.

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Appreciate the answers, thanks :) per #2, thats why i was curious if a stylus would work. I will be looking into the HTC Flyer much more now, hopefully i can convince my boss to order us a test model to play around with.



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Any PDF you'd like me to try specifically?

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how about this one test pdf

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Oh snapplecakes, good thing that I just checked Twitter to see who was chatting about the G9 80, very interested in this tablet.

Quick question, how much of the 512mb is available for apps to use? Is any of it reserved for GPU or other resources? How much is free after ATK'ing anything running?

My main concern with the tablet is how it runs on 'only' 512mb of system memory. I've got a Galaxy S which has a max of 329mb free, and out of that the most I see is 150mb. Multi-tasking isn't that great as a result. With a tablet I'd imagine that I'd be wanting to multi-task a lot more than I do on my phone, so the memory issue is one of my hurdles to actually getting my money out.

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BBC iPlayer and TVCatchup, what quality streams does it support?
How much space is left on the device to install apps to internal, not including that partition SD trick Samsung do?
Does it handle divx/xvid to a good quality?
Can it play any mkvs?

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Ok simple but broad ques:

Archos or Vega (or hannspad or other) as the ideal sub £200 tablet?

Seems to me just reading the specs and views that the archos is the one? (Until the amazon tab tomorrow perhaps?)

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Can you use the camera with Skype?

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I think Paul has forgotten he's got an Archos G9 80.... :(

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Not at all, busy testing for my review, I'll go through the questions tomorrow!

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Wicked, will look forward to reading it.

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BBC iPlayer and TVCatchup, what quality streams does it support?
How much space is left on the device to install apps to internal, not including that partition SD trick Samsung do?
Does it handle divx/xvid to a good quality?
Can it play any mkvs?

Not tried iPlayer yet, but surprisingly, the Archos can play High Quality TVCatchup streams smooth as silk!

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Is it possible to use iPlayer HD on mobile?

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Is it possible to use iPlayer HD on mobile?

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If the UA is a desktop you should be able to get to the website, never thought about trying it on my GS2, maybe a test tonight.

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Hi Paul...thanks for this archos section...thinking of taking the plunge on one of these.

Just a quick one...have you had an screen probs....video (sorry its in German). Also here on archos forum.

Seems even slight pressure on back or sides causes screen distortion...any probs your end please?

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Hi Paul...thanks for this archos section...thinking of taking the plunge on one of these.

Just a quick one...have you had an screen probs....video (sorry its in German). Also here on archos forum.

Seems even slight pressure on back or sides causes screen distortion...any probs your end please?

If you press on the back, yeah, you can make the LCD 'spread'. Not a huge issue tho? It's just a side effect of thin plastic shell... ;)

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If you press on the back, yeah, you can make the LCD 'spread'. Not a huge issue tho? It's just a side effect of thin plastic shell... ;)

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Thanks Paul..would you recommend the G9 then...if so, any reservations?

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Paul,

Which would you recommend - G9 or a good used Galaxy Tab P1000?

Also, if you have the 3G dongle for the G9, is it SIM locked?

Thanks, and looking forward to your full review.

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I don't have the 3G dongle.

The Tab definitely has the better quality screen, but the G9 has Honeycomb which is handy!

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I don't have the 3G dongle.

The Tab definitely has the better quality screen, but the G9 has Honeycomb which is handy!

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Thanks for the quick reply Paul.

Is the G9 display quality better than the Vega?
The G9 seems almost too good to be true so far - as long as there's no 'nasties' hiding in there, and it can be rooted etc., I think I may need to take the plunge.

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